Coyotes take Dome Classic title

Coyotes take Dome Classic title The University of South Dakota women's softball team won all four of its games to claim the DakotaDome Classic title on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.

The Coyotes, who have won eight of their last nine games, improved their record to 13-11 for the season. South Dakota defeated North Dakota, 6-5; Minnesota State-Moorhead, 6-3; Minnesota State-Mankato, 9-5; and Southwest State, 9-3. Morningside College also went 4-0 at the tournament but the Coyotes won the classic based on a better run differential (14-12).

USD won all three of their games on Sunday.

Against Minnesota State-Moorhead, Tiffany Davis went two for four with a home run and triple and had four RBI while Leanna Chapman had two hits in four trips and one RBI. The Coyotes had six runs on eight hits and one error while Moorhead had three runs on nine hits and one error.

Janice Alswager earned the victory for the Coyotes as she allowed just one run on six hits in four and two-thirds innings. Sara Medved started for the Coyotes but lasted only two and one-third innings. She gave up two runs on three hits and recorded a strikeout.

Against Minnesota State-Mankato, the Coyotes were led offensively by Keri Bolte who had two hits and three RBI while Chapman had three hits, including a triple, and two RBI. Alswager picked up her sixth win, going two innings and allowing two runs on five hits with a strikeout. Tiffany Hill started for the Coyotes as she allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings of work. She had two strikeouts.

Against Southwest State, Hill started improved her record to 5-5 by allowing just six hits and three runs (one earned run) in four innings of work. Alswager picked up her first save by finishing the game. She did not allow a hit in three inning of work and recorded a pair of strikeouts. She also had two hits and three RBI.

Jessica Bills had two hits and an RBI and Chapman had two hits and a run scored. Chapman improved her batting average to .510 on the season with her play this weekend. South Dakota had nine runs on nine hits and three errors.

In the defeat of the University of North Dakota 6-5 on Saturday, South Dakota had six runs on three hits and committed two errors while North Dakota had five runs on nine hits and three errors. Alswager started and received the win to move her record to 4-2. She pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits on three runs and recording a strikeout. Hill was credited with a save as she went two and one-third innings, allowing two hits, two runs and a walk.

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